On this day: 5 June
- 05 June 2013 09:28
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Memorable moments that happened on this day in City’s history...
Thursday 5th June 1913
Peter Doherty is born in Magherafelt, Ireland.
The treasured image of a million cigarette cards and a true Roy of the Rovers type figure, Doherty, was one of the greatest players ever to play for City.
Though he was at Maine Road for a decade, seven of those were during wartime and his 133 appearances amounted to a mere fraction of the amount he would have made had he played at almost any other time for the club.
Signed from Glentoran for a club record £10,000, Doherty was the star of the Championship-winning side of 1936/37, scoring 32 goals in 45 matches.
The outbreak of war meant no competitive football for seven years, though he still played 89 times, scoring 60 goals during wartime for the club.
If those were added to his official total, he would have scored 141 goals in just 222 games. He occasionally turned out for other sides during the war and it was City's refusal to allow him to play for Derby in a cup match that made him quit the club almost as soon as the war ended. Peter died in April 1990.